The first regular radio series by the master absurdist improvisors, on Boston's WHDH, between 1946 and 1951. These are the few such shows known to have survived for today's listening. Bob Elliott was a WHDH morning DJ; Ray Goulding did the news on the hour, and what began as occasional little ad-libbed buffoonery became a regular series when WHDH asked them to do 25 minutes before a Red Sox or Braves game or to go on during rain delays. Topics: Bob & Ray, old-time radio, comedy, satire
The surviving installments of the master satirist's final series, on NBC, for Blue Bonnet Margarine and Tetley Tea through 1947 and Ford Motor Company in 1948-49. Including the "Allen's Alley" for which he's remembered best---with announcer Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn, Parker Fennelly as Titus Moody, Minerva Pious as Mrs. Nussbaum, and Peter Donald as Ajax Cassidy, with Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw in the first several installments. Among Allen's classics here include the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
The only known surviving installment of Stoopnagle & Budd's 1930s radio shows. The duo (Frederick Chase Taylor, William Budd Kulick) are considered to have been radio's earliest satirists, whose disciples would come to include Fred Allen and Bob & Ray (much of whose freewheeling deviltry may have been modeled at first on Stoopnagle & Budd), until the partnership broke up with no public explanation in 1937. Col. Stoopnagle became a frequent radio presence with a foray or two into... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Stoopnagle & Budd, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Two very early episodes of the old-time radio immortal . . . from the first year in which Jim and Marian Jordan appear as the couple they made immortal. Script written by Don Quinn. Topics: Fibber McGee & Molly, old-time radio, comedy
The only three episodes of this vintage radio show that are known to have survived. If you remember television's short-lived Bridget Loves Bernie in the early 1970s, this radio show---around the marriage of a Jewish boy and a Roman Catholic girl---was its antecedent, based on the 1927 Broadway hit. The plots usually hooked around disputes between their fathers that usually ended up with a good if skittery laugh; the show was a hit in 1942 but slipped and fell away by 1944. Abie Levy: Sydney... Topics: Abie's Irish Rose, old-time radio, comedy
The last of the master radio satirist's hour-long comedy shows, and the return to a half-hour with the embryonic segment soon to be known as Allen's Alley Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
All twelve episodes of The Hinds Honey & Almond Cream Program Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen (CBS) in which America's favourite illogical logician runs for President during mid-1940s. (Among other things, she didn't know all that much about the Lend-Lease Bill, but she said that if we owed it, we should pay it.) Featuring Frank Parker, Truman Bradley (announcer), and music by Ray Noble and His Orchestra. Believe it or not, the birth of the gag came when Burns & Allen's writers... Topics: Burns & Allen, Gracie for President, old-time radio comedy
The 1949 episodes of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, the most successful spinoff from Jack Benny's popular radio comedy. With Phil Harris and Alice Faye as themselves; Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley; Jeanine Roos and Anne Whitfield as the Harrises' children; Robert North as Alice's brother Willie; Gale Gordon as sponsor Scott; Bill Forman as the show announcer; and, Walter Scharf conducting the Phil Harris Orchestra. Sponsored by Rexall. Topics: Phil Harris, Alice Faye, old-time radio, comedy
An extremely rare episode of Amos and Andy complete with announcements and commercials by Bill Hay. Amos, Andy, and the Kingfish go on a cross country drive while Andy writes an outlandish novel of their experiences. Topics: Amos & Andy, old time radio comedy, Gosden and Correll
The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" in a few surviving installments of his late-1930s radio show. With Virginia Verrill, Wendy Barrie, Lucille Ball, and Gale Gordon. CBS. Topics: Jack Haley, old-time radio, comedy, Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon
The surviving 1947 and 1948 broadcasts of George Burns & Gracie Allen's classic radio comedies. Featuring Mel Blanc as the Happy Postman, music by Meredith Willson, and a cast that included, at various times, Elvia Allman, Bea Benaderet, Hal March, and Hans Conreid, as well as some of the once-famous "Radio Row" regulars (Joseph Kearns, Marylee Robb, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, among others . . .) Topics: George Burns, Gracie Allen, old-time radio, comedy
Selected episodes of the groundbreaking serial comedy-drama about a lower middle class Jewish family adapting to modern American urban and suburban life, created and written by Gertrude Berg, who also played matriarch Molly Goldberg. With John R. Waters as Jake; Roslyn Silber as Rosalie; Alfred Ryder as Sammy; Arnold Stang as Seymour; and, future "Beat the Clock" host Bud Collyer (going then by his given name, Clayton) as the show's announcer. Topics: The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg, old-time radio, comedy, drama
The Roberts family inherits a butler named Higgins from a distant English relative. This is a precious, short lived radio comedy from 1951. Starring Harold McNaughton as Higgins. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: It's higgins sir, old time radio, comedy, Harold McNaughton
The only known extracts---including the only known complete episode ("The Ocean Cruise")---to have survived of the Marx Brothers' (well, Groucho and Chico; we'll assume Harpo was the silent partner) 1932-33 radio comedy. All but two of the scripts have been published in "Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel: The Marx Brothers' Lost Radio Show," edited by Michael Barson. "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel" was part of a weekly series NBC called "Five Star... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel, the Marx Brothers, old-time radio, comedy
Short-lived update of the original Easy Aces comedy---this time, expanded to a half-hour, with music, live audience, and studio band. (The audition episode, "Paul Tries to Borrow Two Hundred Dollars," featured only an accompanying pianist and no studio audience.) Some of the storylines were adapted from the earlier Easy Aces (most notably, "Jury Duty," "Quiz Show," and part of the audition episode. (This episode was subsequently reworked into two individual... Topics: mr. ace and JANE, old-time radio, comedy, satire, Goodman Ace, Jane Ace
The few surviving episodes of this classic comic radio soap--an unusual entry from the fabled Frank and Anne Hummert soap factory. Karl Swenson as Lorenzo Jones; Betty Garde and Lucille Wall as his wife, Belle; Joseph Julian as Sandy Matson; John Brown or Frank Behrens as Jim Barker; Mary Wickes, Grace Keddy, or Nancy Sheridan as Irma Barker. Announcers: Don Lowe or George Putnam. Writers: Theodore and Mathilde Ferro. Topics: Lorenzo Jones, old-time radio, comedy, serial, soap opera, Frank and Anne Hummert
Groucho Marx stars in this classic episode of Mail Call as heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Click here for the Groucho Marx Channel over at The Naked Gord Program for a bevy more of the great Jack Benny! Topics: Groucho Marx, OTR, Old Time Radio, comedy, Mp3, Free, download, Naked Gord Program, nakedgord.org
Don Ameche and Frances Langford starred as the married couple in this comedy series. The couple spend most of their time arguing (bickering). One might wonder how these two stay together, but they do have their tender moments. Most of these episodes are undated. This is all the information I have. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: The Bickersons, Don Ameche, Frances Langford, OTR, Old Time Radio, Comedy
Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Almost every Sunday we will briefly talk about about an old time radio episode before then presenting it for your listening enjoyment. For this week we have an episode from the long running Abbott and Costello radio series that was until recently thought to be lost! Topics: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Abbott and Costello, Old Time Radio, Comedy, Nostalgia, Retro, Podcast
Huphrey Bogart on Bob Hope from 41-06-03 This directory includes the complete old time radio file as well as both Bogart segments as separate MP3 files. The first is "causal" banter between Hope and Bogart and the second is a comedy routine where they attempt a "Jail Break" (hey...I think I know where Fox television got their idea for their hit show from). favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Huphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, OTR, Old Time Radio, Comedy, Humour, The Naked Gord Program,...
Will Rebephanie tell Aaron about their secret vegetable daughter? Will Fake Angelique finally quit her part in Ted's con game? Will Rigid and Shorn learn the truth about the supposed robot mannequin? Find out now! Topics: radio, radio theater, radio drama, otr, old-time radio, comedy, spoof, parody, soap opera, melodrama
Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Almost every Sunday we will briefly talk about about an old time radio episode before then presenting it for your listening enjoyment. For this week we have an episode from the long running The Couple Next Door radio series, a Thanksgiving episode entitled "Live Turkey Delivered"! Topics: Thanksgiving, The Couple Next Door, Peg Lynch, Ethel and Albert, Margaret Hamilton, Podcast,...
The complete surviving 1939 broadcasts, from original recordings of the program as it went on the air live, without modern remastering or reconditioning. There will be occasional flaws in the recordings but there are few flaws in the performances of Jack Benny and company, who were, by now, long enough established as masters of comic timing. Cast: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Kenny Baker through 18 June, Dennis Day as of 8 October, Don Wilson... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Jack Benny, Jell-O, old-time radio, comedy, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Don Wilson, Kenny Baker,...
Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy host this special Chase and Sanborn 101st Anniversary program as a tribute to Fred Allen with many clips from Fred's shows. Topics: Chase and Sanborn, Chase and Sanborn Anniversary Show, Bergen and McCarthy, Edgar Bergen, Charlie...